Going Back to the Birthplace of LOMO LC-A

9

Ever since I got my first LC-A+, I started to get curious and wanted to know about the camera and its origin. A rare chance came along to travel to Russia in June 2011 and I immediately jumped on it. Thus, my journey to the birthplace of LOMO LC-A begins!

If you read the book that came with your Lomo LC-A+ or LC-Wide. The LOMO PLC, an optical factory based in St Petersburg. It mass-produced the LOMO LC-A cameras of the Soviet Union in 1914. It discontinued the production in 2005. Luckily, it was brought to life in the form of the LC-A+ by the good people of Lomography Society International.

Going to Russia was a dream came true, yes it sounded corny but when it happened, the FIRST thing on my mind was not the Red Square but the Lomo Factory, the mysterious place where all the first Lomo magic was cast and made.

Before that, I did some research, asked a few lomographers (thanks to neja and life_on_mars), and printed the Google Map. When I was finally in Saint Petersburg, Russia, I was lucky to encounter a very helpful Russian who directed me to the right way. (some basic Russian phrases goes a long way).

And here I was standing in front of the huge iconic factory building! I tried to enter the building and have a look inside but was stopped by the staff. I ask her if I can take pictures but was turned down so I walked around the perimeter of the building.
And I saw the LOMO emblem metal plate!

The factory is a showcase of the former Soviet Union architecture and I can’t help but took lots of pictures: digital, lomo, polaroid, iPhone you name it!

To get there: Take the Metro to “Viborgskaya” and use the underground passage to walk towards “Chugunnaya Street” direction. Once at the exit, turn right and walk for 10 minutes until you see the iconic building.

Today LOMO PLC makes military optics and scientific research instruments among others.
More information
LOMO PLC

The Lomo LC-A+ RL has all the features we know and love, authentic Russian lens, and a back that’s now interchangeable with the Instant Back+. Explore analogue possibilities with the LC-A+ RL!

written by lawypop on 2011-08-20 in #world #locations #lomo #urban-adventures #russia #lomo-lc-a #select-type-of-location #journey #travel #lc-a #lc-wide

9 Comments

  1. ndroo
    ndroo ·

    Lucky you! Lovely photos and thanks for the souvenirs :D

  2. lawypop
    lawypop ·

    @ndroo : yes! im really lucky! :)

  3. bulletofmine
    bulletofmine ·

    beautiful pictures, for sure this is the best time of your life :)

  4. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    Greattttttt! How I wish I could visit the LC-A birthplace as well!!

  5. norya
    norya ·

    worrrrhhhhh!!!!!!! your portrait with that building look so funny!!!! hahahah... and thank q for the pretty girls... LOL

  6. lawypop
    lawypop ·

    @bulletofmine: yes!!!!
    @eva_eva : yes YOU CAN! $ + Courage :)
    @norya : haha my sets of teeeeth :P

  7. explorette
    explorette ·

    thats all win! nice find :D

  8. volker-jp
    volker-jp ·

    thx for the information! Great pics!

  9. ihave2pillows
    ihave2pillows ·

    Haha! Fantastic. Do they sell any cameras at the factory?

More Interesting Articles

  • Review on the LOMO LC-A 120: A Real Lomography Camera? Yes!

    written by brettlaw on 2015-04-22 in #gear #reviews
    Review on the LOMO LC-A 120: A Real Lomography Camera? Yes!

    When I held the Lomo LC-A 120 in my hands for the first time, I immediately noticed its good feel and beautiful design. The LC-A 120 obviously, is truly, related to the queen of all Lomo cameras, the LC-A.

    1
  • Pixelstick + Lomo'Instant: Take Light Painting to the Next Level

    written by bgaluppo on 2015-04-20 in #gear #lifestyle
    Pixelstick + Lomo'Instant: Take Light Painting to the Next Level

    Ever since the Pixelstick came out, I've been dying to try it out. This past week, I finally got my chance! With one goal in mind — getting some super cool light-painting shots — I grabbed some friends for an amazing session with my Lomo'Instant and the Pixelstick. Take a moment and have a look at these priceless pics!

    4
  • The LC-A Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

    written by Jill Tan Radovan on 2014-06-03 in #people #news
    The LC-A Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

    Believe it or not, the Lomo LC-A is turning 30 years old this June. That’s right, fellow Lomographers, it’s been three decades since the camera that started it all came into existence, and we think such a momentous occasion deserves a month-long celebration.

    1
  • Shop News

    LomoKino & LomoKinoscope Package

    LomoKino & LomoKinoscope Package

    Enjoy a truly analogue moviemaking experience with Lomography's 35mm movie camera and an accompanying accessory to watch your films with. View your masterpieces in the most analogue way possible with the LomoKinoscope. Get it now 20% off the regular price!

  • Falling In Love With The LC-A 120

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-04-06 in #gear #reviews
    Falling In Love With The LC-A 120

    There are quite a few perks that come with working for a film photography company, and the best perk of all is testing out the latest cameras. I can remember buying my LC-A back in 2009 and being really inspired to shoot film again. When the LC-A 120 came along, I couldn't wait to try it out around London. Join me as I test out this super medium format beauty.

  • Summer Hot Spots: Blaavand, Denmark (Part Two)

    written by dermanu on 2014-09-22 in #world #locations
    Summer Hot Spots: Blaavand, Denmark (Part Two)

    When I was a child, I regularly went to Blaavand, located at the Danish west coast, with my brothers and parents. I stopped going there as I grew up. In 2012 however, we hit the road again. It was my first return visit in about 20 years. I took the chance and packed as many cameras as possible into my luggage. In part two of my journey log, I'm going to show you the pictures I took with my Lomography cameras.

  • Finally, My Own Petzval Lens

    written by pearlgirl77 on 2014-11-20 in #reviews
    Finally, My Own Petzval Lens

    In April of this year I had the chance to test the Petzval Lens and to write a review on it for the German photography forum Kwerfeldein. The lens excited me from the very beginning, at the time it was introduced on Kickstarter. I was afraid that once I had tested the lens, I would want to have one of my own! Well, that’s what happened; a year later, I finally bought my very own Petzval lens.

    1
  • Shop News

    Try the LomoLAB Development Service!

    Try the LomoLAB Development Service!

    Whatever kind of film development you're after, you'll find it here! Now you can confidently shoot from the hip without having to worry where to develop those film rolls!

  • LC-A+ Goes To: Sevilla, Spain

    written by saidseni on 2014-06-23 in #world #locations
    LC-A+ Goes To: Sevilla, Spain

    Ever since I got my LC-A+, I've always taken it with me whenever I travel. This little wonder works awesome with any film, in every weather and cultural context. In Sevilla, Spain, it was no different.

    2
  • Journey to the Ends of the Earth: From the Arctic to Antarctica

    written by pan_dre on 2015-02-10 in #world #news
    Journey to the Ends of the Earth: From the Arctic to Antarctica

    Very few of even the most intrepid travelers get to set sail to the Arctic and the Antarctic. A lomographer known to the Community as stouf, however, was able to set foot on both polar regions. While the rare opportunity to visit these uncommon destinations came in parcel with his profession, he did not forget to bring along his trusty cameras and favorite film to capture scenes from the expeditions.

    22
  • Lomography Fisheye No.2: Seven Years of Wonder

    written by adi_totp on 2014-09-15 in #reviews
    Lomography Fisheye No.2: Seven Years of Wonder

    Exactly seven years ago, I bought this camera from Indonesia's local Lomography community. I remember having some savings in my bank account and just spending it all on this camera. At that time, I browsed the microsite for the Lomography Fisheye No.2 and immediately fell in love with it! Coincidentally, my friend who introduced me to Lomography just bought this same camera for his birthday. My life has changed ever since I had the Fisheye, my first lomographic camera.

    3
  • Shop News

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.

  • From Russia with Love: Motorama Shoots with the La Sardina Splendour

    written by zonderbar on 2014-08-04 in #people #lomoamigos
    From Russia with Love: Motorama Shoots with the La Sardina Splendour

    I don't know many bands from Russia but one that I've been admiring for years is Motorama from Rostov-on-Don. With catchy tunes and adorable videos, they took my heart by storm and that of fans from all over the world. Because of their Russian origin, Motorama is of course familiar with Lomo products. Reason enough to let them become our latest LomoAmigos! Enjoy the interview with singer Vlad and check out their B&W photos, taken with a La Sardina Splendour.

  • Summer Hot Spots: A Morning Sunbath in Varazze

    written by sirio174 on 2014-08-01 in #world #locations
    Summer Hot Spots: A Morning Sunbath in Varazze

    This is the story of my first adventure on the beach this year. In the middle of June, I took my first sunbath along the seaside on a small public beach in Varazze - a rather small and unkempt place which I will never return to in the future. Read more to find out why!

  • Petzval Artist: Stefan Joham Shoots The People Of Vienna

    written by Lomography on 2014-11-24 in #people #lomoamigos
    Petzval Artist: Stefan Joham Shoots The People Of Vienna

    Vienna is not only the home of the original Petzval Lens; it's also the birthplace of Lomography! Austrian photographer and avid Lomo fan Stefan Joham took some enigmatic shots of the people who live in this beautiful city and spoke to us about his work.